Thursday, November 3, 2011

Out in my garden

This is what is flourishing in my garden today ~ we had a gentle shower of rain this morning when I went out.
I love the way the raindrops formed on the camellia flower
I was excited to see two ripe strawberries on the plant,  when I went back to pick them a bird had pecked away and all that was left was the stalk, so I reckon that the bird needed them more than I did.
Hope that there might be more to come and will have to be quicker next time
Can you see the bumblebee getting the nectar from the flowers on the lemon tree? 
I often wonder how they fly, they seem so big.

I am sorry for being such a bad blog friend these days.
I want to thank you for your kindness in visiting my blog and I  look forward to coming to say hello and see what you are up to.

All is dandy here, life just seems to be busy.
Yesterday I made a trip to visit my hairdresser and I love the transformation, when you walk out feeling like a new person.
I hope that your week is smooth sailing so far ~ it is almost the weekend!

Happy Thursday


  1. Hello Carolyn!

    What lovely photos! We still are having nice weather here. It's in the 70s during the day but the leaves are falling and the mornings and nights are chilly. I am not looking forward to winter. I will pretend I am living in your part of the world where summer is approaching!!


  2. Dearest Carolyn,

    So glad to read your lovely post full of blooms and wonders of spring! We need that right now. Today I was lucky for having some roses from my beloved Grandmother to show off in my post.
    Your Camellia is picture perfect and so is the rest. Fresh strawberries, home grown... yummy.
    Enjoy every minute of it as time goes so fast.
    Love to you,


  3. Just look at your lovely garden..ours is asleep right now..can't wait for spring! xoxo Hugs

  4. Lovely white camélia flower...
    Best regards,


  5. i love that you have strawberries... that is so cool!!!

  6. Dear Carolyn,
    The flower is absolutely gorgeous!!! Blessed you.

    Our Kansas wind is howling and it's raining. Very cold out. Expecting snow tonight.

    I'm having a time getting use to the idea of it getting cold.

    I'll be thinking about you when wishing it was summer here.

    God bless,

  7. Dearest Carolyn,

    it is so lovely to see such wonderful Spring-Garden-Pictures!
    Flowers everywhere, Straawberrys, and and and ..

    here the leaves are folling quick now and it looks "naked" everywhere...

    Have a lovely time!
    Sending lvoe and hugs

  8. Dear Carolyn,
    so lovely photos!
    Camellia is one of my favorite flowers.
    Have a nice week,
    Big Hugs,

  9. It will take many months before i see that kind of delights.
    Love your photos.
    Happy weekend

  10. Good morning precious friend,

    I SO UNDERSTAND the busy days that make us all wonder HOW can we keep up with not only work, but with all the other IMPORTANT things in our lives? Now that I have an Etsy shop, and a busy one at that, I am even busier....I wish you a delightful and magical SPRING SEASON as you continue to enjoy your lovely garden!!!! BISOUS, Anita

  11. Carolyn- congratulations with a new hair cut- your garden looks so summerly beautiful- here all is grey and a bit windy ,today.

  12. lovely spring in your garden!

  13. Beautiful captures! Summer's ended here now- raining today! :(

    Have a lovely weekend,

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  14. Beautiful flowers...enjoy a happy day love love

  15. Hello dear Carolyn, how nice to see your garden full of flowers and strawberries and here the leaves fall from the trees.
    Have a nice day.
    Warm wishes, Mea

  16. lovely photos! I also often wonder how bees manage to fly so well, they don't look at all aerodynamic do they?

  17. Wonderful photos and now that we are into fall, it's nice to see strawberries growing. Have a great weekend.

  18. Dear Carolyn
    So nice your pictures! Very beautiful the spring in your country! I love your flowers and the strawberries!
    Thank you also for the kind comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland.
    Hugs Yvonne

  19. Hi Carolyn,

    Love your photo's! Your roses & lavender look beautiful. My garden has finally gone to sleep. I picked my last Dahlia's and sweet peas last weekend. We have to wait four more months before the first flowers appear again. I enjoy looking at your photo's now!!

    Lieve groet,

    Madelief x

  20. What beautiful blooms you have Carolyn! I so wish that I could have a garden. Maybe one day :)

    Hope you have a great weekend! xoxo

  21. I have never seen so many camellias in my life, as I have seen from visiting your blog! :) Another reason why I think you may be Coco Chanel's biggest fan! :)

  22. Hi Carolyn! Oh, sigh, how wonderful to have camellias right now! I just missed them in Chile and now, of course, it's autumn back home.

    I think Santiago is a bit ahead of you, or else they went straight into summer without much spring! :) But still, it's a delight to see what's growing in your garden and dream of spring to come. And I've felt the same about the birds and our cherries – they need them more than we do. :)

    Happy weekend to you!

    xo – g

  23. So much loveliness in your garden! Your strawberries are so pretty in the pot!! And you are nice to share with the Birdie!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Carolyn!!!


  24. Gorgeous blooms! I love knowing that somewhere on this planet, there is a burst of new life and growth. You shouldn't be cooped up with your computer anway. Enjoy spring!

  25. Hi Carolyn,
    The beauty of nature always captivates me. It is simply amazing to me how many different types of flowers, trees and plants there are and how uniquely beautiful each one is. Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  26. Everything looks amazing in your garden Carolyn!!!! we just put our gardens to rest....and I am thrilled I can pop by here and enjoy seeing yours!!!!


  27. The Camellia flower looks so divine. Where are you located, England? you must have wonderful weather... strawberries in November!


  28. Oh I see your in New Zealand, lucky you! Lorraine

  29. Wow, your garden should be so beautiful, dear!
    This white camelia is simply perfection!
    Love flowers, but here we are in winter, so... i envy you!^^

  30. Dear Carolyn, I love your garden photographs. Your white camellia is amazing!! Hey, did you know I moved my blog to a web site address? I am now writing @ & no longer MsartistSewCrafty. I just wanted to let you know, so when your up to a visit you can pop in. I hope you are having a lovely fall. PS: I love having my hair done it is so uplifting & nothing like washing out the bits of grey. lol! xo

  31. Hi Carolyn,
    Gorgeous photos, my friend!! And every time I go to your blog and see your smile, I just SMILE!!!

  32. Your garden looks lively and lovely! Life sure does get busy sometime. We are travelling again so I will be away for the next week. Wishing you all the best, Tammy

  33. Such gorgeous blooms!
    Happy weekend, darling!


  34. Good morning Carolyn
    THank you for leaving such sweet comments for me. We are expecting our first dusting of snow today but it looks like next week will be warmer again so it should disappear again for a while. Have a great weekend!


  35. A new do is a wonderful thing - bet it looks wonderful!
    Your garden pictures are lovely. It's hard to keep in my mind you are enjoying Spring while we prepare for Winter...

  36. Hi Carolyn! I enjoyed your photos of nature bursting to life! Things are beginning to get a bit soggy and dreary here now. Have a wonderful weekend, it always makes me smile when I get an online visit from you!

  37. Lovely pictures!have a nice weekend too!

  38. Lovely pictures!have a nice weekend too!

  39. Hi, dearest Carolyn
    - it's so fine and heartwarming to see springtime-photos. I love the picture of the Camelia after the rain!
    Lots of warm hugs,

  40. Beautiful my lovely friend
    Love you

  41. New season and new haircut...what could be better?


  42. Oh your flowers are lovely and just coming to life as our are dying. Thanks for your sweet visit.

  43. Good morning sweet Carolyn!

    HOW WAS THE GUY FAWKES CELEBRATION??? I bet you saw a lot of STARDUST in the sky!

    YOu must be enjoying your season of blooms and color; we are loving our time of relaxation, hibernation mode coming close and the winds of time. SO LOVELY to always see you come my way dear one! ENJOY! Anita

  44. The flowers in your garden are so lovely. All the flowers are disappearing here, as it is the beginning of the Fall season. Thanksgiving is soon, and I am so thankful for your friendship. Have a nice Sunday.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  45. Hello I just pop in to say thanks for stopping by.
    A new haircut always does wonders.
    Lovely photos !
    Love Mapi

  46. Hi Carolyn,
    I have the same problem with my Strawberry plant. I'll see them blooming well one day, and the next totally eaten by our little winged friends. I guess I have to be greatful that they don't eat the leaves too! ;) Have a wonderful week!

  47. Carolyn~
    Your garden looks so beautiful...
    I envy you, as we were hit with a crazy, unexpected blizzard at the end of October and all the remaining flowers from the season are now gone. It's so sad to see their beauty disappear...till next year. :)
    Wishing you a beautiful week~

  48. Hi Carolyn,
    Your flowers are lovely and you capture them so beautifully with your camera. The little bee is precious. I know you are enjoying this new birth time of year. Your garden must be just bursting with springtime blooms. We still have roses blooming, lots of mums and the pansies are doing well. Still warm days and cool nights. We were so ready for this after our very hot summer.

    Yes, getting one's hair done is uplifting and renewing. I know you look gorgeous.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. I have missed you and visiting while off line but so glad to be back up and running.

    Have a wonderful week and Happy Spring.
    Love to you, Celestina Marie

  49. These are very beautiful flowers. In our side of the world, the garden are all dried up now. It looks so bare. :)

  50. Dear Carolyn,
    beautiful treasures to be found in your garden.;) Now, I cannot recall your location, but in November all that can be found in our garden are some fallen autumn leafs.;)
    Yes, a trip to the hairdresser surely lifts ones spirit.;)
    Have a lovely week,

  51. Yes, time flies! I'm always shocked how fast a week goes by. So lovely your flower pictures here. Have a sweet monday!

  52. Dear Carolyn
    I wish you a lovely week in your garden

  53. Hello Carolyn,

    What beautiful pictures! I almost didn't want to look because I knew I would get that "spring fever" feeling and we are just in the middle of Autumn! I think it's the fresh strawberries and bumble bees that get to me the most.

    Enjoy your new hair and your pretty gardens. Both grow way to fast ....and in my case get a little weedy lol!

    Have a great week.

    Love & hugs ~ Jenn


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